For many, Sir Peter Blake is best known for co-designing the sleeve for The Beatles’ iconic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Now in his 80s, the “godfather of British pop art” has collaborated with Bentley Motors on another innovative project in aid of charity. Bentley commissioned Blake to develop a one-of-a-kind Continental GT V8 S Convertible, and the vehicle will be auctioned by Bonhams at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on 24 June, with the proceeds going to Care2Save Charitable Trust, which provides palliative and hospice care around the world.
One of the most striking features of his bold vision is a St James Red heart motif hand painted onto a Continental Yellow bonnet, intended to be a symbol in keeping with the compassionate work of hospices. The use of collage throughout the exterior of the car demonstrates bright but clearly defined colour, while the cabin is also an expression of individuality, with each seat trimmed in different hide colour. The artist’s signature is incorporated onto the fascia panel and embroidered on all four seat headrests, and the design also includes a personalised playlist from his favourite music selection. The car’s unique features have been delivered through Bentley’s specialist bespoke division, Mulliner.